The City of Westlake has modernized the way it gives notice of its public hearings. Pursuant to a City Charter amendment approved by the voters in November 2020, the City of Westlake now has the option to publish certain notices of public hearings electronically in lieu of using print in a local newspaper. Notices are currently being posted at City hall and Porter Public Library as well as on the City’s website. In addition, the same posting will also be on the City’s social media site to fulfill the new requirements of the amended Charter provision. Not only is this an overdue move toward current trends of information dissemination, but it is also more cost-effective, eliminating the considerable expense of running a legal ad in the newspaper for every hearing.
The pertinent part of the charter reads as follows:
Article III-Section 13. ENACTMENT OF ZONING ORDINANCES.
The Council may provide by ordinance for the procedure for the passage and amendment of any zoning ordinance, the maps and regulations thereof, and the publication of notice and public hearing thereof, provided that the minimum notice of the time and place of such public hearing shall be published in one of the following two ways:
- Published once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the City; or
- Published by posting in a conspicuous location at a public building such as a public library in the City or City Hall, or similar; and additionally shall be published electronically:
- On the City of Westlake internet web site; and
- By way of electronic social media notification or similar electronic notification as may be more specifically determined by City Council.